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McClatchy-Tribune News Service
This terminal illness tale rises above the form, mainly thanks to a stellar cast and a refusal to drift into maudlin, a film that saves its big emotions for a wrenching finale that it earns.
Despite the work of a first-rate cast, it doesn’t feel real to me.
Garrett Hedlund's performance throbs with an anguish that's far more honest than the sentimental euthanasia subplot at the center of the film.
New York Post
Writer/director Andrew Levitas needlessly pads this captivating theme with over-used tropes.
A raft of fine actors – including Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, and Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay – are wasted in a sour, callow family drama that mistakes constant yelling for emotional tension and fortune-cookie aphorisms for wisdom.
The Hollywood Reporter
This feature debut deals mainly in clichés, never transforming the tough question at its center into compelling cinema.
Much of the early action, with Jonathan telling off his father, feels awkwardly staged, even tortured, a quality exacerbated by Levitas’ weakness with dialogue.
New York Daily News
Sadly, Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard are wasted in tiny parts, as is Amy Adams as the lost love of the sulky rocker.
The A.V. Club
Lullaby is a small movie, but it slows down enough to accommodate plenty of self-indulgence.
Rarely has the terminal seemed as interminable as it does in Lullaby.
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